Brand name aside, Donna Karan is a designer who has always used her native city to inspire and guide her work. It’s intrinsic; it’s the DNA, and with her DKNY Fall 2014 runway show, she paid homage to the most densely populated city in the country with more zeal than ever.
From the low to the high, you absolutely must get a backpack if you don’t already have one. But there’s one major rule that comes with the territory: you must steer clear of looking like a schoolgirl (unless, of course, you’re trying to look like a schoolgirl, but that’s a story for a different day).
I wore DKNY everywhere during my ‘90s college years. While friends donned Gap sweats, I rollerbladed around Santa Monica in a full DKNY bodysuit – racing stripes included (the colors matched my blades!). They laughed at my sense of commitment, but as it turns out, I was ahead of my time. For Spring 2014, DKNY has reissued iconic ‘90s RTW and accessories with Opening Ceremony.
Camouflage bags are a tricky business. The inherent irony about them is camo print was invented to blend in, but it doesn’t outside of the forest. And no, the urban jungle does not count. Actually, it’s a pattern that’s tough to wear if you’re not basically monochrome and free of other prints.
Ladies, we have a winner. This is the most sophisticated backpack I’ve seen yet. Just a few weeks ago, I was captivated by The Row’s pairing of canvas and ostrich skin, but their luxurious creation just got trumped. By a simple concoction of all-black leather, no less.
Or only hit the slopes in spirit! Sometimes a vacation calls for a snowy mountain getaway over a tropical beach holiday. I’m not one to necessarily take on a Black Diamond, but I am happy to cozy up in the lodge with a mug of hot chocolate…and a winter-ready bag that looks just as good in motion as it does at my side by the fireplace.
It’s time for another roundup of my favorite man bags, the ones that have recently inspired me. Not only to do some shopping for the men in my life, but to get in touch with my tomboy side. Minimal and functional, sensible and stylish: they’re all about simplicity.